In News | By Alexandra Taylor | May 10, 2016

Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

The earliest European-style structures on Fogo Island were built in the 1600s.

The globally acclaimed contemporary architecture of Fogo Island Inn reflects the four-centuries-old vernacular structures and design motifs found on Fogo Island. It is a place that is at once old and new. The Inn embodies and honours the lived experience of the people who for generations have resided on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland. It stands out on Fogo Island, yet remains distinctly of this place. Strange and Familiar demonstrates how this structure meets with the natural landscape, and it shines a light on the use of natural materials throughout, and on the unique design and construction process.

In this award-winning film, viewers discover the fascinating backstory to the design and construction of Fogo Island Inn—a highly collaborative eight-year process. 

You can view Strange and Familiar online through the following links:

  • In Canada on TVO
  • In the United States through iTunes